UK pronunciation /ləˈkɒn.ɪk/ US pronunciation /-ˈkɑː.nɪk/ (click the link below to listen to the word)
>using very few words to express what you mean: She had a laconic wit.
laconically UK /ləˈkɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ US /-ˈkɑː.nɪ-/ adverb
UK and US pronunciation /luːˈɡuː.bri.əs/ (click the link below to listen to the word).
›sad and serious: a lugubrious face
lugubriously /-li/ adverb
lugubriousness /-nəs/ noun
noun UK /ʃɪˈkeɪ.nər.i/ US /-nɚ-/ (as always, go to the link to hear the word)
› clever, dishonest talk or behaviour that is used to deceive people:
The investigation revealed political chicanery and corruption at the highest levels.
noun UK /ˈstiː.və.dɔːr/ US /-dɔːr/ (click link to hear the word)
› a dock worker
noun UK and US pronunciation /təˈmer.ɪ.ti/ (click on the link below to hear what the word sounds like)
› a willingness to do or say something that shocks or upsets other people: [+ to infinitive] She had the temerity to call me a liar.
noun UK and US pronunciation /əˈlæk.rə.ti/ (click on the link below to hear how the word sounds).
› speed and eagerness: She accepted the money with alacrity.
The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a gap in the word of the day….well I am going to do it as and when I have time, so it doesn’t become too rigid 🙂
Today’s word is one I have heard but wouldn’t have been able to define:
adjective UK & US pronunciation /nəˈfeə.ri.əs/ (click on the link below to hear what the word sounds like).
(especially of activities) morally bad: The director of the company seems to have been involved in some nefarious practices/activities.
adjective UK and US /əˈsɪd.ju.əs/ (click link to hear the word spoken in British or American English)
- a group of people appointed to undertake a mission or take part in a formal process on behalf of a larger group:he had been a member of a deputation to Napoleon III
late Middle English (in the sense ‘appointment to an office or function’): from late Latin deputatio(n-), from the verbdeputare (see depute)